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Things to Do in the French Quarter

Experience All That the French Quarter Has to Offer

Let the French Quarter Guest Houses be your gateway to an authentic and unforgettable New Orleans experience! At each of our boutique hotels, our front desks are open 24 hours and our entire staff is eager to help you plan a memorable visit with recommendations on can’t-miss attractions, restaurants, tours and things to do in both the French Quarter and NOLA beyond.

There are so many things to do in New Orleans and the French Quarter that even lifelong residents find new activities to experience every day. Here is our list of “must do’s” when experiencing the finest New Orleans attractions on your visit to the city we are proud to call home…

Jackson Square & garden near French Quarter Guesthouses

Jackson Square

Bound by St. Peter & St. Ann and situated along the river, Jackson Square with the backdrop of the St. Louis Cathedral are the landmarks of New Orleans and the center of the French Quarter’s rich history. While at Jackson Square, hop on a mule drawn carriage ride through the French Quarter, shop for artwork from local starving artists, have your palm read, or grab a cup of café au lait and beignets at Café du Monde, all within blocks of the hotel.

St. Louis Cathedral near French Quarter Guesthouses

St. Louis Cathedral

Few cities in the world are so identified by a building as is New Orleans with the St. Louis Cathedral. The city is instantly recognized by our cathedral and its position overlooking Jackson Square. The Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France is the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States.

Antique sign board near French Quarter Guesthouses

Royal Street Antiques

Enjoy Antique Shopping on Royal Street

Exterior of French Market near French Quarter Guesthouses

French Market

The historic French Market includes over 30 unique retail shops, indoor and outdoor performance venues, restaurants and cafes, a flea market and a farmers market.

Club Bamboulas music venue near French Quarter Guesthouses

Live Music Venues

The birthplace of jazz has become a melting pot of music. One will have no trouble finding anything from brass bands, rock bands, cover bands to karaoke scattered all throughout New Orleans. In a city where you’re certain to find the music and entertainment you’re looking for, below are just a few of our favorite live music venues:

Bourbon street shops near French Quarter Guesthouses

Bourbon Street

The nightlife New Orleans is best known for is located just two blocks from Inn on St Ann and Inn on St Peter.

Steamboat Natchez yacht near French Quarter Guesthouses

Steamboat Natchez

The Steamboat Natchez Dinner Jazz and Daytime Jazz Cruises run daily, year round, in the style of authentic steamboats in New Orleans for centuries!

Saenger Theatre arrangement near French Quarter Guesthouses

Saenger Theatre

Opened in 1927, the beautifully refurbished, 4,000-seat Saenger Theatre is one of the top performance venues in New Orleans, hosting some of the biggest names in stage, show business and music.

Entrance of Audubon Aquarium near French Quarter Guesthouses

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

One of the best family friendly things to do in New Orleans, the New Orleans Audubon Aquarium features exotic ocean life in underwater habitats, fascinating displays and unforgettable shows and performances.

St. Charles Canal Streetcar near French Quarter Guesthouses

St. Charles Streetcar

The oldest continuously operating streetcar, the St. Charles Streetcar transports you back 150 years to another era with its mahogany seats, brass fittings and exposed ceiling light bulbs.

Name board of Marigny near French Quarter Guesthouses

Marigny Brasserie

Enjoy signature cocktails, New Orleans cuisine and seafood at our sister restaurant, the Marigny Brasserie for a fun, casual atmosphere with live music Friday through Sunday!

The Rampart-St. Claude near French Quarter Guesthouses

The Rampart-St. Claude Streetcar

The Rampart–St. Claude Streetcar line is a historic streetcar line in New Orleans, operated by the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA).